Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                   October 13, 2016
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Children & Family Ministry

Preschool Director

Music Director, 1st Service

Chancel Choir Director

Handbell Director
Core Leaders, Chairman
  Joe Lee
Oct 18
Parenting Forum
Oct 22
Church Work Party
Oct 24
Nov Calendar Deadline
Oct 28
Fall Festival
Nov 4-6
Sr High Retreat
Nov 6
All Saints Sunday
Nov 13
Harvest Dinner
Nov 18-20
Jr High Retreat
Nov 21
Dec Calendar Deadline
Nov 22
Crossroads Thanksgiving
Nov 24-25
Church Closed
Nov 27
Wreaths & Treats
Nov 28
Common Table
Charge Conference
Dec 6
Young at Heart Potluck
Dec 10
Advent Fair
Dec 11
Bake Quilt Craft Sale
Christmas Pageant
Club 345
Dec 14-15
ACP Christmas Program
Dec 18
Youth Christmas Party
Dec 19
Christmas Storytime
Jan Calendar Deadline
Dec 24
Candlelight Services
5pm - Family Service
7pm - Contemporary
9pm - Traditional Service with Communion
Dec 25
One Service @ 11am
Church Leadership 
Click these links to read the minutes of the Core Leadership Team and the monthly minutes of the Ministry Teams.
Core Leaders (Sept)
Common Table (Sept)
Staff Relations  (Sept)
Outreach (Sept)
Trustees (Sept)
Finance (July)
Worship (April)
Preschool  (April)
To bring a project, program or fundraiser idea to the Aldersgate Common Table for consideration, please fill out the  ACT PROPOSAL FORM  
For an  explanation of the Core Leadership Team and a description of the Aldersgate Common Table, CLICK HERE.
Feed Your Soul
See today's devotional from the Upper Room.   CLICK HERE

Laity Sunday 2016: Living Vital Worship
by Jodi Cataldo
Is worship a noun or is it a verb? Is worship something you go to, or is it something you live? This year's theme for Laity Sunday, "Disciples Called to Action: Living Vital Worship," calls us to see worship not as passive spectators, but as active participants. Indeed, worship is something that we live! These scripture references for Laity Sunday unfold worship in several different ways:

Worship as Love: Matthew 22:37-39 

(The Great Commandment-to put love of God and neighbor above all else)


Worship as Discipline: Matthew 16:24 

(The Great Commitment-to embody God's love individually)


Worship as Justice: Micah 6:8 

(The Great Requirement-to live God's love through our actions)


Worship as Evangelism: Matthew 28:19-20 

(The Great Commission-to go and take God's love into the world)


Please join us this Sunday to hear personal testimonies from Lea Fox on Love, Joe Lee on Discipline, Melinda Lilley on Justice and Jason & Erin Menor on Evangelism.

On Laity Sunday, we celebrate that true worship can only happen when we live it - clergy and laity - together. For without the vital ministry of the laity, we would not be The United Methodist Church. We ARE disciples called to action, living vital worship!

Ministry News

We're in a Meeting!
On Tuesdays, the church will be locked from 10:00am-11:30am (approximately).   Security of our preschool children is the reason for the change.  Every Tuesday the church staff is in a meeting at this time and we are thus unaware when people enter the building and roam around unescorted.  C hurch folks who have a key to the building are welcome to enter, just be mindful to ensure that the doors remain locked, closed and latched.   Preschool paren ts can still  use the lower level entrance.  We hope this won 't be a terrible inconvenience for you.  We are just concerned about keeping our kiddos safe.

Contribution Statements
Quarterly contribution statements were distributed by regular mail or email  if we had your email address on file (the email sender = Logos CMS).  Please review your statement and take this opportunity to catch up on your pledge to the church and the kitchen fund.  If you did not receive a statement or have a question about your statement, please contact the Finance Secretary, Linda Reichenbach at 425-641-5625 or

Sunday School Update
The children have been enjoying themselves on Sunday mornings and having the opportunity to get to know the other children and grow in their faith through experiencing activities, music and most importantly bible stories.  

A Big THANK YOU to Robbin Price for heading up the children's music time each  Sunday .  They will start working on some Christmas carols this  Sunday . We will be doing a Children and Youth Christmas Program this year.  It will be held on  December 11th  at the  9am  service. 

Another Big THANK YOU to our Sunday School Teachers!  Our pre-k/Kindy teachers are Linda Detering, Dorothy Beeman, Candace McKenzie and Jen Hoerber.  Our elementary team currently consists of Kathy Wilson-Green and Jean Rummel.  Sara Fenstermacher will be joining them in January.   We are continuing to look for another person on both our preschool and elementary Sunday School teams.  If you would like to find out what that looks like, please set up an appointment with Jen.

This Sunday School rotation's Bible story is Abraham and Sarah from Genesis 12:1-9; 18:1-15 and 21:1-7.  God grants a seemingly impossible promised baby to Abraham and Sarah. 

All Saints' Sunday
November 6
On Sunday, November 6 at both services we will remember and honor all the people we have loved and released to God through death in the hope of new life.  We invite you who have lost loved ones since last All Saints' Sunday (November 1, 2015) to fill out the Sunday attendance form with your loved one's name and relationship to you.  These names will be spoken, a candle lit for each one, and we will give thanks for them and pray for all of us as we continue to work through our grief and seek renewed confidence and peace in the promises of Christ Jesus.      

Parenting Forum
"Keeping Kids from Becoming @ Risk"
October 18
In this one evening workshop we will cover specific risk and protective factors and things we can do as parents, schools, churches, and communities to significantly influence our children in making good or even great choices, followed by a time for questions.  The workshop speaker is Brad Beeman who currently serves as Pastor at Aldersgate UMC.  His background also includes working with and studying at risk children and youth.  He has served on a White House task force that focused on Parenting as Prevention, and on a Washington DC task force pertaining to the international drug abuse and drug violence.  Beeman has spent years traveling the country talking about keeping our children safe and he is excited to start the conversation here in our Bellevue neighborhood.

Church Work Party
October 22
Please join us for a church work part on Saturday October 22 from 8:30am-12:00pm.  We will work outside on the landscaping raking, weeding, pruning, etc.  Aldersgate has a large, beautiful property which takes many volunteers to maintain.  So please come when you can Saturday morning and lend a hand.  Bring your garden gloves and favorite garden tools.  Wheelbarrows are always helpful. If you can come, please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or email the  church office.

Emergency Shelter Update
Sophia Way recently confirmed that Holy Cross was selected to host the women from January-March because they are closer to transit.  We look forward to hosting the emergency shelter, if needed, in the future.  We thank Colleen Olleman, Janice Zahn, Robbin Price, and all the others who worked so hard researching, planning and advocating for this project.  And we appreciate the positive and supportive response expressed at the Common Table discussion from the church community.
Fun Events

Fall Festival
October 28, 5:30-8:30pm
Come join the fun! The night will be filled with carnival games, chili & hot dog dinner, costume parade and more!  You will not want to miss this evening of fun and fellowship!  We need lots of help to make the Fall Festival a success.  Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or contact Jen Hoerber if you can help with food, games, setup and cleanup.

Club 345 (3rd, 4th, 5th Grade)
This fellowship group for kids in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade meets once a month, usually on the second Sunday.  It starts with dinner at 5:00pm, followed by games, crafts and other fun activities from 6:00-7:30pm.  The next Club 345 is December 11.  There is no meeting in November due to the ALL church Harvest Dinner on November 13. 
Youth Group (6th-12th Grade)
Youth Group meets on Sunday evenings from 6:00-7:300pm.  All youth from 6th-12th grade are welcome.   If you have any questions about the youth program, contact Pastor Brad or Jen Hoerber. Here are some upcoming events:
*Oct. 16 - Youth Group, 6:00-7:30pm
*Oct 22 - Starlight Sound Halloween Dance at Fairwood UMC at 7pm
*Oct. 23 - Youth Group, 6:00-7:30pm
*Oct. 28 - Fall Festival, 5:30-8:30pm - Come join the fun and help  run the carnival games!
*Oct. 30 - NO Youth Group
*Nov. 4-6 - Sr. High Retreat at Fort Flagler.  Let Jen know if you are interested.  
        For more information, CLICK HERE.
*Nov 18-20 - Jr. High Retreat at Camp Indianola.  Let Jen know if you are interested.  
       For more information, CLICK HERE.

Meaningful Movies on Eastside
October 18, 6:30pm
St. Margaret's Episcopal Church
Join neighbors and friends to screen THE TEN COMMANDMENTS TO AVOID EXTINCTION. Author and theologian Michael Dowd will be present to lead the discussion following the film concerning the convergence of Theology and Ecology.   Michael Dowd is a minister, author and eco-theologian who is known as an advocate of Big History, naturalism, sustainability, climate activism and the epic of evolution.   In the film, you will hear his revised take on the Ten Commandments that reflects the reality of today. 

Meaningful Movies/Eastside is sponsored by Holy Cross Lutheran, St. Margaret's Episcopal, East Shore Unitarian and Aldersgate United Methodist with the idea of bringing community members together to view films about the issues of our day in a safe listening environment. We have a brief talk-back sharing reflections. All opinions are welcome. 

Coffee/tea and snacks are included. A $5/person donation is suggested, but no one is turned away. All are welcome!  RSVP is helpful for planning refreshments, but if you don't RSVP, come anyway!
Contact is  Janet Farness,  Film Co-coordinator,  Meaningful Movies/Eastside,  425-417-5217

Outreach & Missions World

Habitat for Humanity
InterFaith Build
  • The Interfaith Build with Habitat for Humanity continues.  There are two more opportunities to help with the build on Thursday, October 13 and Saturday, October 15.  If you want to participate contact Darrell Lowe, 425-746-9612.
  • If you are not able to build, you can still help the cause by making a donation that will be used to purchase building materials.  Make your check out to Aldersgate and write "Habitat for Humanity" in the memo field.  We are already making great progress toward our goal of $7,000 and we thank you for your generosity.
Church Rummage Sale
The Aldersgate Rummage Sale will soon be here! TODAY, Thursday is your last chance to donate items to the rummage sale.  We still need many volunteers to make the Rummage Sale a success so please contact  Linda Detering  if you can help.  Volunteers are needed for the following:
   T hursday, Oct.13 - Accept donated items, sort and price items
   Friday, Oct. 14 - Cashier, Helper
   Saturday, Oct. 15 - Cashier, Helper, Cleanup, Deliver to charities
   Sunday, Oct. 16 - Cleanup, Deliver to charities

Crossroads Dinner Update
As part of the Salvation Army's Crossroad Dinner program, Aldersgate volunteers provide and serve food on the fourth Tuesday of the month.  At the September meal we fed 48 people and gave away all the food we brought including 140 pieces of chicken and three salads.  Thank you to all who donated food and helped serve.  Know that your contribution was much appreciated by all those feed.  If you want an uplifting experience, volunteer to help serve and meet hungry people who are very glad to receive a tasty, hot meal. 

Vision House Volunteers Needed 
Since 1990, Vision House has provided housing, support services and child care for homeless families with children. This Fall, they are in the process of expanding their services to families by transitioning into a tiered services model and beginning to offer more educational classes.  They  are currently seeking volunteers to mentor residents  (sit alongside them in class and assist with class practice activities) and volunteers to provide childcare during the following classes for our resident families:     Housing Sustainability Class (Renton) on Monday evenings
                 Financial Literacy Class (Renton)  on Thursday  evenings
Anyone interested can visit  or contact Rose at Vision House at 425-228-6356 or   

Prayer List   

People Who Passed Away  
*Darrell Lowe's aunt Audrey
*Londa Narmita's friend Dennis

People with Health Concerns
*Cindy Wheeler's mother Jackie
*Jeff Wheeler
*Lea and Ferrel Fox's daughter Cheryl
*Dave Maybee
*Stan McKenzie's friend Michael
*Bill Ferguson 
* Betty Fredeen's friend Hannah and sister-in-law Audrey

Additional Prayers 
*Missionary Katherine Parker
Submit prayer requests to Dorothy Bennett, the Prayer Chain Coordinator, or fill out a pew prayer card or contact the church office.  Prayer requests will  stay on the Prayer Chain for about 3 weeks.  Please contact Dorothy or the church office with an update if you want the request to be prayed for longer.  
All prayer requests will appear in the church newsletters unless you specifically request otherwise.